It only took two days for Rafael Nadal to finish off world number one, Novak Djokovic at the 2012 French Open men’s final. The historic final, finally finished up on Monday after a long (18 hour) rain delay, with Nadal winning 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. This would be Rafael Nadal’s seventh French Open title.
With his 7th title, Nadal is the only man in the modern era of tennis to hold so many wins, he passed Björn Borg’s 6 French titles. This major title is the 11th major title that Nadal has, which could potentially put Roger Federer’s record 16 major titles at risk; I have the feeling that Nadal has a few more years in him and win several more French Open titles.
All in all, the 2012 French Open was, well, a bit lackluster; it was obvious that Nadal was going to win, his draw was a walk in the park where he didn’t really face any competitors that were worthy. There were some exciting players, some unexpected winners and losers, plenty of scheduling errors (semifinals playing at the same time), and some broadcasting issues (no broadcast of the second semifinals in the US). Though, at the end of the day, Nadal takes home $1,874,705.79 (before taxes), defends his title, and remains just a step behind Novak Djokovic in the rankings.
Now it’s time for all players to make the transition to green grass tennis. Wimbledon is nearing, time to get ready for that.